Faculty

Richard A. Sherman

Richard A. Sherman

M.S., Ph.D. (Program Director)

Rich received his doctorate in biology/psychology from New York University in 1973 and is currently Master Instructor at Chapman University as well as Dean of Clinical Psychophysiology at the University of Natural Medicine and Director of the Behavioral Medicine Research and Training Foundation. He is certified by BCIA, approved by BCIA to teach the general biofeedback certification course, and currently teaches A&P, Pain Assessment and Intervention, Research, and Pelvic Floor Disorders for the Behavioral Medicine R& T Foundation. He is a professional psychophysiologist with extensive training and has nearly 30 years of experience in the field. He has had numerous grants to study various aspects of pain mechanisms and interventions and has well over a hundred publications.
See Curriculum Vitae »

Cynthia Kerson

Cynthia Kerson

PhD, QEEGD, BCB, BCN (Assistant Program Director)

Cynthia Kerson, PhD, QEEGD, BCN, BCB is currently the founder and director of education for APEd (Applied Psychophysiology Education) and adjunct professor at Saybrook University, Dept. of Psychology. She is BCIA certified in biofeedback and neurofeedback, holds certification as a diplomate in QEEG and mentors for both. Cynthia is also on the Board of Directors for the Behavioral Medicine Foundation and AAPB, served as vice president of FNNR (Foundation for Neurofeedback and Neuromodulation Research), as president of the AAPB Neurofeedback Section and is two times past president of the Biofeedback Society of California.

In her role as the vice president for FNNR, she coordinates the grant program and oversees its publishing arm. Her role with APEd is to develop introductory, intermediate and advanced courses in the specialized areas of brain training and EEG analysis. She teaches the EEG Biofeedback, QEEG, Advanced Neurofeedback and Stimulation Technologies courses at Saybrook University Specialty in Applied Psychophysiology program as well as chairs dissertations in applied neuromodulation. Her research interests are in neuromodulation and uses of applied psychophysiology for ADHD, anxiety, depression and PTSD. Within her clinic, she specializes in biofeedback training for attention issues, hypertension, addiction disorders, pain management and anxiety. See Curriculum Vitae »

Eric Willmarth

Eric Willmarth

Ph.D.

Eric received his doctorate in clinical psychology in 1998 form the Fielding Institute and now has his diplomate in rehabilitation psychology. He is certified in clinical hypnosis and is chair of the ethics committee for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. DR. Willmarth is a fellow of the American Academy of Pain Management. He directs the behavioral medicine program for and is president of Michigan Pain Consultants. He is also director of behavioral medicine for Holland Community Hospital’s Pain Management Center. He has published and presented on both pain and hypnosis.

Paul Lehrer

Paul Lehrer

Ph.D.

Paul is a Harvard trained clinical and research psychologist who is Professor of Psychiatry, Rutgers‑Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, in Piscataway, NJ. He has a long standing interest in respiratory psychophysiology and heart rate variability. His basic and clinical research has formed the basis for much of what is now known about biofeedback interventions for asthma, autonomic function, and emotional instability. He is one of the seminal researchers on heart rate variability biofeedback, and also is perhaps the last living student of Edmund Jacobson. He has published widely on stress management and on differences and similarities among various stress management and relaxation strategies. He is past president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, and recipient of their Distinguished Scientist Award. At last count, he has been principal investigator on 13 grants from major agencies, co-investigator on an additional 16 grants, has published 145 articles in peer reviewed journals, and is senior editor of the widely used text, Principles and Practice of Stress Management, now in its third edition.

Patrick Steffen

Patrick Steffen

PhD

Patrick Steffen’s broad research interests lie in the areas of health psychology and behavioral medicine, with specific interests in culture, spirituality, and health. He is particularly interested in the Hispanic Paradox and how disadvantaged groups display resiliency and positive adaptation in spite of significant stressors. He has authored and co-authored articles in Psychosomatic Medicine, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, American Journal of Hypertension, Ethnicity and Disease, and Mental Health, Religion, and Culture; and co-authored chapters in the Oxford Handbook of Health Psychology and the Handbook of Primary Care Psychology. Dr. Steffen is currently an associate professor and associate director of clinical training in the Brigham Young University clinical psychology program. Before coming to BYU, Steffen was a postdoctoral research fellow in cardiovascular behavioral medicine at Duke University Medical Center. He received his PhD and master’s degrees at the University of Miami in clinical health psychology, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology with minors in statistics and philosophy from Brigham Young University.

Margaret E. Dupee

Margaret E. Dupee

M.S., Ph.D.

Margaret graduated from the Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She has a Masters in Human Kinetics and a Diploma in Prosthetics & Orthotics. She is a Certified NCCP Level II Figure Skating Coach (not to mention an accredited yoga instructor, a certified orthotist and prosthetist, and fitness trainer) and is Board Certified in Biofeedback. She has presented and published extensively, and has received grant support in her areas of expertise.

Tim Herzog

Tim Herzog

MS, EdD, LCPC, CC-AASP

Tim Herzog is the Sport Psychology Education Specialist for the Human Performance Resource Center. He enjoys delving into research on optimal performance from psychophysiology, cognitive-behavioral theory, and mindfulness-based approaches. Dr. Herzog also teaches at National University and does applied work in private practice. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Certified Consultant of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. Dr. Herzog holds master’s degrees in Counseling/Sport Psychology and Clinical Psychology, as well as a doctorate in Counseling Psychology.Dr. Herzog pulls some practical knowledge of performance from experience coaching competitive sailing and (also in sailing) as head coach at Boston College and assistant coach at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. In addition, he has worked with elite athletes at the U.S. Naval Academy (and several other universities), an elite sports camp, and with officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. Army Center for Enhanced Performance at Fort Lewis.

Jerry R. DeVore

Jerry R. DeVore

PhD, ABPP

Dr. Jerry R. DeVore, is a clinical psychologist, licensed in the State of Washington. He completed his PhD in psychology at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Mo. Dr. DeVore has had a career including 20 years of federal service with 11 years active duty. He has been a faculty member of an APA Approved Internship Program while on active duty. As a civilian he was the Director of Rehabilitation Psychology in a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, Puyallup, WA, where he worked for 18 years. Dr. DeVore recently retired from 20 years of federal service and now has a private practice in an integrative healthcare center, focusing on treatment with biofeedback, neurofeedback, hypnosis, and EMDR. Dr. DeVore is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Psychology. He is also BCIA certified in General Biofeedback and Neurofeedback. He is an Approved Consultant in the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He is Level II trained in EMDR. Clinically, Dr. DeVore is fascinated with the ways in which biofeedback, neurofeedback and hypnosis can foster health recovery and health resilience. He is also fascinated with the psychophysiology of altered states of consciousness such as hypnosis and he regularly presents in the area of experiential spirituality.

Advisors

Jay Gunkelman

Jay Gunkelman

QEEGD

Jay started in the field of Biofeedback and EEG in 1972 as a clinical researcher, co-authoring a grant which initiated the first State Hospital Biofeedback research and treatment facility.  Having worked in the world’s business EEG laboratory for decades, the depth of experience with EEG morphology has made him a popular international presenter in the areas of Brain anatomy/physiology, EEG/qEEG, and Mind/Brain/Consciousness topics.  After authoring the initial examination for Quantitative EEG Technologist and Diplomate, he became the first person to become certified QEEG, with certificate 1A issued in 1996, with his prior EEG Technologist certification granted in 1981.  Jay has published many papers and co-authored the classic text “The Art of Artifacting”, detailing various EEG artifacts and their presentation within the EEG/qEEG.  He has served on both the ISNR and AAPB Boards, as well as being the 2007-2008 Biofeedback Society of California President.

Dave Siever

Dave Siever

CET

Mind Alive Inc. CEO, Dave Siever, C.E.T., manages all of our product design and research projects. Dave also provides individual coaching for clients, lectures at conferences, publishes articles and has presented research at the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR) and the American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM).

John C. LeMay

John C. LeMay

MA, QEEGT, BCN, BCB

John C. LeMay, is a Marriage and Family Therapist in Reno, NV and Pismo Beach, CA.  He received his degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 1993 from Azusa Pacific University and started applying biofeedback to interpersonal settings just after graduating. He was licensed in California as an MFT in 1997, licensed in Nevada in 1998, and has been in private practice in Reno, NV since 1997.  In 2003 John and his colleague and friend George H. Green, PhD developed a BCI robotic device as proof of concept for weighted autonomy and computerized neural networking.  He is past president of The Biofeedback Society of California and specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders.

Members of the Foundation’s Governing Board

Richard A. Sherman, PhD:

Rich was described above in the faculty section.

Cynthia Kerson, PhD, QEEGD, BCN, BCB

Cynthia was described above in the faculty section.

Eric Willmarth, PhD:

Eric was described in the “Faculty” area above.

Susan Middaugh, PhD, PT:

Susan was described in the Faculty area above.

Mary J. Scholz, PhD, RN:

Mary is in private practice and is the Director of Northwest Psychophysiology in Seattle Washington. She received her PhD in 2001 in clinical psychophysiology form the Northwest College of Behavioral Medicine. She has an MS in clinical behavioral medicine from the Behavioral Physiology Institutes and a BSN from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Nursing. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Natural Medicine in Santa Fe and is a Contributing Editor for RN Magazine. Her clinical and research interests are in clinical applications of psychophysiology, clinical hypnosis, headache, pain and stress management.

Timothy J. Sobie, MS, PT, and GCFP:

Tim is the founding director of Northwest Mind Body Learning Institute / Old Town Physical Therapy PLLC. He maintains his primary private practice in Tacoma, Washington with a secondary location in Olympia, Washington.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, an MS in Clinical Behavioral Medicine from Behavioral Physiology Institutes, and certification in practicing The Feldenkrais® Method from The Movement Studies Institute in Berkeley, CA. His clinical and research interest areas include sensory integration, perception training, and movement recovery processes as applicable toward the development of effective pain modulation, autonomic regulation, and optimum functioning.

Shelley Spencer-Hellmich, MS, LMFT, PhDc:

Shelley has a BA in Psychology from Indiana university, and an MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Butler University. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Natural Medicine in Clinical Psychophysiology. Her certifications/licenses include Marriage and Family Therapy, domestic violence, drug and alcohol
abuse, and sports counseling. She has been a psychotherapist and educator for 14 years. Therapy and research experiences have been in a variety of settings with adults and children. She integrates psychophysiological techniques into her practice and research.

Jay Gunkelman, QEEG Diplomate:

Jay was described in the Faculty area above.

Linda Walker, MHR, LPC, BCN, BCB, QEEGT

Linda has been specializing in neurofeedback for mood and mental health issues, chronic pain, cognitive functioning and optimal performance for the past 15 years. She is also an adjunct instructor in biofeedback and neurofeedback for Western Michigan University. Linda earned her Master’s degree in Human Relations and Counseling and did post graduate work in substance abuse and school counseling. She is presently working towards a doctorate in Applied Psychophysiology. Currently, Linda is a past president of the Michigan Society for Behavioral Medicine and is on the Board of the Behavioral Medicine Research and Training Foundation. She is a member of AAPB and ISNR.

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